Meet Debbie Dadey
Hi! I'm Debbie Dadey.
I used to be Debbie Gibson when I was a little kid growing up in Kentucky. I got in trouble for talking too much in school. In fact, I learned Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg address by heart because I had to write it so much in fifth grade (for punishment for talking). My older brother and my mom still live in Kentucky. It's a beautiful place with lots of pretty horses. If you're ever in Henderson, KY. stop by Thomason's BBQ for the best beans and mutton you've ever tasted and say Hi to my brother Frank.
Now I live in Sevierville, TN with my husband Eric and our dogs Shadow. I'm very proud of my husband-he's a smart scientist who makes medicine to save people's lives. Of course, he'd have to be special to put up with a kooky writer like me! My kids are awesome too. My oldest son graduated from Penn State and the University of Colorado and now I call him Dr. Nathan. Hurrah Nathan! My youngest son and daughter are totally cool too. They let me know when I'm not being very cool, like when I sing along to the radio (which I love to do!) My daughter attended Penn State, but now she is in graduate school. My youngest son is a freshman in college!
Some people think that the Bailey School Kids series was named after my dog Bailey, but that's not so. My grandmother's name was Lilly Bailey and I loved her very much. Marcia suggested using the name Bailey for our books and I liked it. Later, when my family got our new puppy we named her Bailey, too. Bailey was a wonderful dog and it broke my heart when she died. Her buddy, Skippy, died just about a year later. I like to think they are playing together in puppy heaven.
I think my Grandmother had a lot to do with me being a writer. She always kept a diary and I thought that was so cool.
I spend lots of time watching my kids do their activities, like soccer. My youngest son is also into skateboarding and my daughter is really involved in the plays at her school. I also like playing the piano, hiking, scrapbooking, fixing up my Buck's County house, tennis, reading, and writing of course! I'm in the midst of writing a book with technical advice from my youngest son.
Here's another interview that tells the three people from the past that I'd like to have dinner with.
(photo (c) Portrait Innovations 2008)
|Here's a bit more about me:
1. Besides Marcia Jones, Nathan Dadey, and Becky Dadey-Richard Peck is my favorite author.
2. I like to visit schools. I even visited one in Cairo, Egypt.
3. I was a terrible waitress in college. I went to Western KY University.
4. I collect birdhouses.
5. My office is orange with wild monkey curtains. My husband hates it!
6. I love to watch Broadway plays (actually any plays, especially musicals.)
7. I love to watch John Wayne movies. My father-in-law met John Wayne during WWII.
8. My ancester, Joel Gibson, fought in the Revolutionary War.
9. I play the piano.
10. I sky-dived to get ideas for a book.
11. I have three states I haven't visited: Maine, Oregon, and Washington.
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Here are my dogs:
The newest pup in the family!
"Hey, what-cha got there?
Doggie treats?" Skip passed away
on January 18, 2016.